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Draft Guidelines Issued for Multi-Family Mandate for MBTA Communities

The provision in the Housing Choices Law signed by Gov. Baker last January that requires cities and towns serviced by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) to adopt a zoning ordinance or by-law that provides for at least 1 district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted by right, took a major step forward recently.


Emerson Claus appointed to Commission on Clean Heat

Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed HBRAMA President Emerson J. Clauss III to the Commission on Clean Heat in the Commonwealth.


AG Strikes Down “Green Building” By-law

A zoning by-law adopted by the Town of Hull requiring all newly constructed commercial buildings and residential buildings of three or more units to comply with one of three green building rating systems was recently struck down by Attorney General Maura Healey because it conflicted with the State Building Code.


Department of Public Utilities Interconnection Working Group Meets

After nearly a two-year interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Public Utilities Interconnection Working Group met recently to discuss issues related to new connections to the electric system and pending connections to the gas system.


HBRAMA Receives Grant from NAHB

HBRAMA's Net Zero Subcommittee received funding to aid the subcommittee seeking to craft a new stretch energy code that includes net-zero building performance standards and a definition of net zero.


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